Matt is excited to be starting his 15th year as part of the Ambrose family. He felt welcomed here as soon as he started and works with his staff to ensure you become a member of the community here as well. Matt grew up in Rhinelander, Wis., and earned his bachelor's degree in speech communication at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn. After graduation, he worked as a Hall Manager at the University of Wisconsin-Superior for three years and married his wife Jayme, who he met while at Macalester.
Looking to continue in the Student Affairs field, Matt and Jayme moved to the University of Maine where he worked on his master's in student development in higher education. After completing his master's, the Hansens moved back to the Midwest and he accepted the Director of Residence Life and Housing position at St. Ambrose in 1999. In his time here, he has worked on the renovation of Rohlman Hall and has seen the construction of Hagen, Bechtel, Franklin, McCarthy, North, and the Rogalski Center. His duties and staff size have continued to grow, and it has been a wonderful experience. Now an Assistant Dean of Students, he continues to enjoy the challenges of his job and the opportunity to work with great students and staff. Matt and Jayme have two children, Hannah, age 15, and Jacob, age 12.
Sherry Whetzler is a recent addition to the St. Ambrose Residence Life team and is excited by the interactions she has had so far with students, colleagues and faculty. Her background includes attending Marietta College (Marietta, Ohio) for her undergraduate degree in English, minor in French, and an Oral Communication Certificate, then continuing at Marietta College for the Master of Education program and working as a Graduate Hall Director. In 2008 she started at Wright State University as a Community Director and earned her Master of Educational Leadership as well. Sherry lived and worked in Dayton, Ohio for six years where she met her husband. She is very close to her extended family and loves to read, play cards/boardgames, craft, scrapbook, and enjoy time with friends and family.
Michelle hails from the Quad Cities area and has been a member of the St. Ambrose community since October of 1999. She is currently pursuing a degree in Criminal Justice and has been working in the Residence Life and Dean of Students office since 2005. Michelle enjoys helping students navigate their way through the paperwork, policies, and procedures of St. Ambrose. In her free time, Michelle likes spending time creating handmade gifts and scrapbooking. She lives in Davenport with her husband Cory and son Josh.
Hilary recently relocated to the Quad Cities with her husband Brady and is anxious to begin her first position within the St. Ambrose community! Growing up in northern rural Iowa, she ventured south to Central College in Pella, Iowa, where she completed her bachelor's degree in Business Management and Not-for-Profit Management. There, she discovered her passion for assisting others in any way that she is able. When she's not working, Hilary enjoys crafting, baking and spending time with family and friends.
Anjie Swidergal, Residence Life Coordinator for Bechtel and North Hall
Anjie is ecstatic to be starting her third year as the Residence Life Coordinator at St. Ambrose University! Anjie was born and raised in the Chicago suburb of Oak Forest, Ill., had a fantastic four years at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Ill., earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature, then continued on to earn a Master of Science in Education degree in Counseling and Student Affairs from the University of Nebraska at Kearney! Anjie has been working in various residence life positions for 8 years and absolutely loves making connections with students and staff, especially in Bechtel and North Halls! When she's not working, Anjie loves live theatre (both from the stage and the audience), karaoke, Netflix, board games, euchre, baking, and bowling!
Angie Mullenbach, Cosgrove Hall Director
Angie is energized for her fourth year at St. Ambrose. As the Hall Director for Cosgrove Hall, this is where she calls home. Growing up in central Iowa, she is an Iowa girl through and through. As an Iowa girl, she attended Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, while majoring in fitness management. She will graduate in December 2014 with her master's degree in Masters of Organizational Leadership. In her free time, Angie likes to visit her niece & nephew, coach/play/watch sports, hang out with family and friends, and watch the TV show 'Survivor' (I will be a contestant on there someday!).
Alison DeVilder, Davis, Houses and McCarthy Hall Director
Alison is thrilled to start her second year at St. Ambrose University, but her first year as the Hall Director for campus Houses, Davis, and McCarthy Halls! Alison is a native of the Quad Cities area, growing up in East Moline, Ill. She earned her bachelor's degree in Education and Counseling at Wayne State College in Wayne, Neb., and has continued her education as she works towards her Masters in Organizational Leadership at St. Ambrose University. Alison is excited to begin her journey in a new building area and can't wait to see what is in store for her new area. When Alison is not working, she loves reading, watching TV, baking, watching/playing sports, and spending time with family and friends.
Michael Durbin, Franklin Hall Director
Michael is excited for his third year as the Hall Director for Franklin Hall, and the opportunity to continue to be part of the wonderful community at St. Ambrose! Michael grew up in Colorado Springs, Colo., and earned his undergraduate degree in communication and psychology at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. While an undergraduate at UCCS he was very involved on campus, including Residence Life. During that time, Michael discovered he loves working with college students. After a year as an Admissions Counselor at UCCS, he decided to transition back into residence life to work with students as they grow. Outside of his passion for working with students, Michael enjoys reading, playing Wii and PS3, painting miniature models (ask and I will show you!), playing board games, exploring new places, hanging out with friends, and just being around people.
Katie Gruening, Hagen, Tiedemann and Townhouses Hall Director
Katie is excited to begin her first year working for St. Ambrose Residence Life as a Hall Director for Tiedemann/Hagen Halls and the Townhouses. She recently finished her master's at the University of North Dakota in Higher Education Administration and earned her bachelor's from UW-Stevens Point with a degree in Philosophy and Religious Studies. Growing up in Wisconsin, Katie learned to love being outdoors and watching the Packers! Living in Iowa is a first for Katie, so she is thrilled to see what adventures are in store for both her and the students at St. Ambrose this year.
Ethan Graham, Rohlman and Hayes Hall Director
Ethan is ecstatic and ready to roll for his first year as the Hall Director for Rohlman and Hayes Halls at St. Ambrose University! Ethan grew up in Park Rapids, Minn., before moving to Bismarck, ND, where he graduated from High School. Ethan earned his undergraduate degree in Theology/Youth Ministry with a minor in Entrepreneurial Studies from the University of Sioux Falls in Sioux Falls, SD. During his time at USF, Ethan was super involved with campus activities and spent three years working in Residence Life. He discovered a great passion working with college students and wanted to continue working in Residence Life. Ethan married his wife Stephanie last August before finishing his final year at USF. In addition to kicking it with college students, Ethan enjoys longboarding, Mariokart64 (because let's be real, it can't be beat), strategy games, anything outside and active, and spending time with friends.